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02-28-2013, 06:00 PM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
Despite Jacques Martin's reputation, his teams were always pretty good offensively, at least in the regular season.
The Senators under Martin were a great counterattacking team. If they got a lead, they would sit back, force turnovers, and just kill teams on the counterattack. They were the best front-runners in the league. But if they didn't get that lead they could have trouble scoring...especially in the playoffs. As a result their goal differentials were among the best in the league, but their W-L records weren't as good.

So you could make the case that their players' offensive stats were a bit inflated in value because the team wasn't efficient at turning aggregate goals into aggregate wins.

On the other hand they usually had pretty ordinary LW's and C's, so Alfredsson and Hossa didn't have much help from their linemates. But then they had a killer PP (which, again, couldn't be counted on in the playoffs when the refs put the whistles away).

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